WASHINGTON – Members of Alaska’s congressional delegation urged caution following reports of a 7.0 magnitude earthquake near Anchorage on Friday.
Please be safe and check in on your family, friends and property. https://t.co/U4xKsq947T
— Rep. Don Young (@repdonyoung) November 30, 2018
— SenDanSullivan (@SenDanSullivan) November 30, 2018
Just saw the news — hoping everyone is safe and sound. https://t.co/ut53d47AAL
— Sen. Lisa Murkowski (@lisamurkowski) November 30, 2018
The quake occurred at about 8:30 a.m. local time, according to the Alaska Earthquake Center website and was followed by several aftershocks. The Federal Emergency Management Agency warned residents who live in coastal areas of the state to take caution pending a Tsunami warning.
IF YOU ARE UNDER A TSUNAMI WARNING: First, protect yourself from an Earthquake. Drop, Cover, then Hold On. Get to high ground as far inland as possible. Be alert to signs of a tsunami, such as a sudden rise or draining of ocean waters.
— FEMA Region 10 (@FEMARegion10) November 30, 2018
However, a short time later the Tsunami warning was cancelled.
CANCELLATION: M7.0 005mi N Anchorage, Alaska 0829AKST Nov 30: No tsunami observed
— NWS Tsunami Alerts (@NWS_NTWC) November 30, 2018
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders tweeted that President Donald Trump has been briefed on the incident and is monitoring the situation.
The President has been briefed on the earthquake near Anchorage, Alaska, and is monitoring damage reports. We are praying for the safety of all Alaskans!
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) November 30, 2018
About an hour later, in a tweet Trump urged Alaskans “hit hard by a ‘big one’ ” to obey the directions of emergency responders.
To the Great people of Alaska. You have been hit hard by a “big one.” Please follow the directions of the highly trained professionals who are there to help you. Your Federal Government will spare no expense. God Bless you ALL!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 30, 2018
Gov. Bill Walker (I) said in a Facebook post that he has issued a declaration of disaster and has spoken with the White House.
This is a developing story…